This will be my last Journal entry until the beginning of July.
In just a couple of days, I'll be beaming down to Portugal for that relaxing boat ride on the River Duomo until the end of July.
The Enterprise is in space dock being repaired, and all the crew are going on vacations for two weeks.
I still haven't asked Beverly if she'll go on the trip with me.
LaForge is on his way to the pleasure planet of Rigel IV. He says it a place where he knows he can have a 'good time'. He nudges me in the ribs when he mentions that remark.
Data is going to a lecture on cybernetics and positronic circuitry.
"Would you like to have gone somewhere more interesting?" I mention.
"No, Captain. For me, this lecture will reap far more benefits and it may help to improve my subroutines."
Worf is going to a D'Tagggh Competition on the Klingon homeworld.
"I am tipped to win this, Captain. There may be some maiming in the rounds to the final, but I shall make sure I come through without a scratch." he defiantly says, "There is much honour in this competition."
Riker tells me he is going to his home country of Canada, away from the 24th Century crowds. Deanna is standing next to him.
"Where are you going, Counselor?" I ask her.
Riker nudges her. "Oh, er, just here and there on Earth" she giggles.
Why does she do that?
"I hope you enjoy your vacation and you get a lot of pleasure from it"
"I'm sure I will!!" she splurts out in a fit of giggles. Even Riker joins in.
Just what is going on around here?
I go off to SickBay, knowing that if I don't ask Beverly to come with me now, she never will.
"Hello Beverly, you know that I'm going on a boat trip in Portugal this Saturday?"
"Well, I happened to have a ticket for another cabin, and I thought that you might like to come with me on a journey down the Duomo."
"I'd love to, Jean-Luc" she replies, "But I've been called to a medical conference by Starfleet, so I'll be listening to and making lectures for two weeks. I'm really sorry."
Then, she suddenly thinks.
"But I tell you what you could do..."
Don't say it, Beverly, please don't say it.
"I was due to spend the entire time with Wesley. Now he'll have nothing to do while I'm at the conference. He'd love to go on the trip with you, as he so enjoys your company."
I feel as if a ton of bricks has just dropped on me. Limply, I say "All right."
Wesley comes in and Beverly tells him.
"Wow!" he says, "That's great, I'm really gonna enjoy being with the Captain all the time for the next two weeks!"
He cheerily talks to me; I'm already getting a migraine.
"Captain, we've got so much fun to do, so much to see, everywhere is gonna be so exciting! I can hardly wait!"
He walks out of the room, so thrilled.
I'll leave you all for now until the beginning of July.
It could be a long two weeks.